Successful Marketing Campaigns: 8 Key Components


Executing and developing the most effective marketing campaign requires a combination of forethought, research and analysis. There are a number of marketing optimization methods and technologies that can help you succeed. Sirius Decisions recently highlighted 8 keys to a successful marketing campaign. We made an infographic highlighting the eight most important strategies for successful marketing campaigns and took a deep dive into them below.

Segmentation Analysis


Segmentation and targeting must go beyond separation to focus on your biggest opportunity. To define these markets, segmentation must be meaningfully defined by demographic and geographic factors as well as buyer history and brand relationship. Customers and subscribers are divided into distinct groups that can then be targeted consistently, and messaging can be targeted to certain buying habits or relevant geographic activities (let’s not sell sweaters in Florida in May, ok?).

Audience Selection


Once segments are created, consider who you want to speak to. Segmenting the audience allows you to send targeted campaigns to a very specific audience (to registry owners in the Northeast, to people who haven’t purchased yet this quarter in Seattle). Make a conscious decision about whom you want to speak to, and where the best opportunity may be to grow customers

Persona Definition


Having a deep knowledge of buyer personas will be helpful in the creation of a campaign theme.  You’ve created segments for your audience – but now you need to consider their motivations and needs. Qualitative research should focus on these needs and motivations. The results will offer you profound buyer insights, and should be the blueprint for your messaging.

Buying Decision Process


How do your buyers shop? Do they do most of their research on mobile and then purchase in-store? Do they visit your site several times, often leaving things in the shopping cart, before returning and ultimately purchasing? You need to understand how your buyers shop – and then fit your campaign into that process.  

Campaign Architecture


Program families, demand creation, sales enablement, and reputation, have to be linked to the buying process. Successful campaign architecture needs to be aligned with how your customers buy and messages should be timed to follow your buyers through that journey.  Successful campaign architecture design takes operational considerations into account – can your website or inbound channel effectively handle incoming traffic?  And finally, effective design is critical to projectable learning after the campaign – are the test cells significant statistically to yield learnings?  Can the contribution of specific variables (offer, message, format) be isolated?  A campaign itself may not be successful but may yield valuable learnings for the next time.

Messaging Components


The messaging and value propositions have to be audience-centric but it isn’t enough to just focus on the customer. Prior to coming up with narrative elements, marketers must understand the needs of buyers at every stage of the buying cycle and to provide content for each of those stages.

Content Mapping


Content mapping builds on the work of segmentation, buyer-process and persona definition, and messaging. Specific content assets need to be assigned to each stage of the buyer’s journey, helping to move the buyer to the next stage. For B2B marketers, this can include things like how-to videos, tip sheets, e-books, whitepapers, and webinars. For B2C marketers, social media, viral marketing, ambient advertising, and other brand awareness activities can play a similar role.

Campaign Dashboard


Measuring a campaign is more than just attributing sales and justifying marketing spend. The best campaign dashboards provide actionable intelligence about the successes and areas for improvement within the campaign. More importantly, these tools provide marketers with an opportunity to substantially improve the performance of their campaigns after every execution.

Free Infographic: 8 Keys to Successful Marketing Campaigns  

Category: offer optimization, Marketing, marketing campaign, campaign management

Patrick Burgess

Patrick Burgess

A Media and Communications industry veteran, Patrick Burgess leads the service delivery process for many of Pluris’ key clients, ensuring day-to-day success of their marketing strategies and programs. Patrick’s collaboration with the marketing teams of several Pluris clients has enabled them to achieve 30-to-50 percent gains in the productivity of their marketing initiatives, effectively utilizing Pluris’ Marketing Enablement and Offer Optimization solutions. With more than 15 years of extensive experience in marketing analytics, marketing metrics, reporting, market research, strategy, and project management, Patrick is able to engage clients at a very detailed level to improve their marketing operations and leverage new technologies and analytical techniques.

About this blog

At Pluris, we believe that we all can do a better, more efficient job at marketing to our most important customers. On this blog, we'll discuss how strategy, database management, offer optimization and analytics can help us all be better marketers. Sometimes, we may just talk about sports.

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